Pacers, Pistons, Wizards Potential Collin Sexton Landing Spots

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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Collin Sexton is one of the restricted free agents looking to cash in on a new contract this NBA offseason. He and the Cavaliers were unable to agree to a rookie extension before the deadline, and now they could face some competition from teams around the league for the former lottery pick.

There are a few teams that are seeking some help in the backcourt this offseason. One of them is the New York Knicks, but they are reportedly out on the Sexton sweepstakes. They’re not expected to make a run at the high-scoring guard, instead, focusing their efforts elsewhere.

Despite not having the Knicks in the mix, Sexton will have a robust market. There are plenty of other teams that will be interested in signing him, including the Cavaliers. According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, three other teams have emerged; the Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards.

“The Knicks are not expected to make a run at Collin Sexton, sources said. The Cavaliers have interest in keeping him, but finding a salary figure that extends the combo guard’s tenure in Cleveland may be tricky, especially after the Cavs’ 2021-22 success and the team’s growing cap figure. Indiana, Detroit and Washington have all been mentioned as early potential landing spots for Sexton.”

It is a bit surprising that the Knicks are seemingly pulling out already, but they could be seeking someone with more development as a playmaker than what Sexton currently provides. He is improving, but scoring is still the strength of his game, as he averaged 24.3 points per game during the 2020-21 season when he was healthy.

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It would be surprising as well to see the Indiana Pacers spend money this offseason, especially in the backcourt. They acquired Tyrese Haliburton from the Sacramento Kings at the deadline in exchange for Domantas Sabonis.

He is the new face of the franchise, which also has 2021 first-round pick Chris Duarte, Buddy Hield, and the incumbent Malcolm Brogdon in the backcourt. Could one of those three be included as part of a sign-and-trade package?

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The Detroit Pistons are one of the few teams with cap space this offseason. They can sign Sexton to an offer sheet outright. If they work out a deal that pays Sexton near $20 million annually, that may be enough to pry him out of Cleveland.

The Washington Wizards are not one of the teams with cap space. They would need to work out a sign-and-trade deal and have plenty of pieces that could entice the Cavaliers. Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Rui Hachimura and Deni Avdija would all be on the table in exchange for Sexton.